Thursday, October 15, 2015

Time Flies!

October 2015
Wow, is it really Fall already? Here in Haiti the months fly by and you really don’t see the
changing of the seasons like we did in Michigan so it’s easy to go three or four months and not
notice much of a change--especially this year when we really did not have a rainy season at all.
We had a very dry summer and fall for all the farmers and very little produce to bring in. EGO’s
own 2 acres of corn only produced two- 100 pound bags of shelled corn. It is so very sad for
those who have no other means of income, yet we are so very grateful for the Lord’s provisions
here at EGO.

Another Praise and update: IMP received enough funds to pay the teachers and close the
school year in the black. Thanks to all who gave so generously this summer to make this
happen. The new school year has begun and we have posted pictures of the 1st day of school
on our Facebook and website locations. Make sure to check us out on a weekly basis for any
updates and happenings.

The Haitian government continues to make changes pertaining to child care here in Haiti.
Because of those changes EGO is growing in numbers. We currently have five of our over-18
year-olds living away from the orphanage, but are continuing to be sponsored and their
housing, food, and education is still continuing to be paid for by you, our sponsors. The last two
girls to turn 18 were Elisemene and Bel-Ange. Both of these girls worked very hard to maintain
a high grade in school, along with working at EGO in the after-school hours. EGO has joined
with Orphans to World Changers and in August we were able to see both of these girls travel to
the US to begin a five-year student visa program. We are very excited to see what the Lord has
in store for them upon their completion of education and re-entry back to Haiti.

One of the other changes Haiti is making is that in the year 2026 they would like to eliminate
orphanages and go strictly with Foster families. To this end, EGO is beginning the next phase of
EGO to provide Family Unit Housing (FUH) for all of our children. The FUH project will take
approximately two years and began this October. The total cost is $300,000 US, but when
broken down by house at $30,000, it is not so bad. The costs to build this house include the
septic and drain field, footers, foundation, cement block exterior walls, steel rafters and roof,
interior walls, windows, plumbing, electrical, paint and kitchen cabinets (I’m sure I am
forgetting something, but you get the picture). Additional funds might be needed to build
furniture, new bunk beds, and tile the floors and bathroom. Each FUH will have a live-in nanny
and seven to eight children per house. We are very excited as we start this next adventure and
pray many of you will be able to gather funds and/or come build a house alongside us.

I John 4:19 says “We love because He first loved us.” Our daily prayer should be “Lord help me
find ways to show your love today, wherever I am, and with whoever I encounter.”

Ken & Marla Drowley
Ebenezer Glenn Orphanage

Editor’s Note: ​Thank you all for your faithfulness to this ministry! God is and has always been
Faithful and, as you walk in obedience, He continues to supply our needs. As always, you may
contact the home office with any concerns/questions at: 616-550-3469, or by email at . Donations may be made through our website at or by mail at 1726 Gun Club Rd, Caro MI 48723.

Saturday, July 11, 2015

July 2015 
(Updates of EGO's ministry from three different perspectives.)

“For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.”  Ephesians 6:12

First from Don and Doris, who have “fought the good fight” for more than 40 years—
To our Dear Friends of EGO:
      Blessings in the Name of Jesus.  You may have been wondering why you haven’t heard from us in a while.  For those of you who haven’t heard yet, Doris has had a light stroke and Don now has a pacemaker, but, Praise God, we both are doing well.  Some have been trying to contact us but that has been difficult since we haven’t been in one location very long at a time.  We have been blessed to stay with some of our children and friends, mostly in Florida the past few months.  We are looking for a permanent place to stay.  We do not want to go in debt at our age, so will probably rent and we need our own car.  We are so thankful for those that have given us use of their homes and vehicles while we have been in the states.  Right now we are using Vickie’s car. 
      We went to Haiti Feb 12th and returned April 9th.  It was nice to see the improved roads.  We enjoyed being there to see all the children again and also the progress of the mission.  In just the few months since we’d been there, we could see how the children had grown.  Ken and Marla are working hard and making some good changes.  The Haitian government continues to make changes in the laws as well, so there are always adjustments to make.  It was so nice to be home again and sleep in our own bed!
     We have been to Michigan and have seen our families.  We had the privilege to attend the graduation and open house of our grandson, Matthew.  What a treat!  We also attended Max’s open house ( Ken and Marla’s son).  There were so many people there that we knew—some that had been to Haiti, some that had sponsored the mission a long time, as well as several EGO board members.  Our plans are to attend the Peavey reunion and then on to Ohio to see two more of our children, then south again to Florida.
     The Drowley's are doing exceptionally well, having come into a country not knowing the culture or the language—a country whose ways are very different from ours.  As with our own experience when we went to Haiti, with the help of God and the determination we had, and with His grace that He so freely gave us, we know it IS possible!  
     The Lord willing, we plan to return and visit EGO in the near future.

Much Love and Prayers,
Don and Doris,  “Mom & Dad”

From Ken and Marla, the “boots on the ground” at EGO—

     EGO has had a busy 2015!  There were ten teams back-to-back from Dec 28th to Apr 11th, 2015.  Many projects were able to be marked “completed” and scratched from the list, including the baby dorm bathroom, the new wood shop, the electricity project, repairing windows and screens, and painting—the list is endless for all the work that was accomplished this winter and spring.  Thanks so much to all of you!
     We, Ken and Marla, were in the States from May 7th to June 9th.  We were able to attend the wedding of one of our previous volunteers from Iowa, speak at four different churches, saw our son Max graduate from high school, plus took Dahicha to three specialists and surgery (thanks be to God and thanks as well to those who donated hospital space and their services!)
     During that time, EGO was under the watchful care of Randy & Linda, who did a fantastic job of keeping everything running and all the kids healthy! 
     June brought the end of the school year.  Our school, IMP (Institute Mixte Peavey), is experiencing financial struggles as the Haitian government’s plan to supplement tuition was cancelled.  We will need approx. $10,000 US to finish in the black and be able to rehire teachers for the next school year.  Your prayer and support over this situation is much appreciated.  God, through His people, has always provided to meet our needs, and we believe He will continue to do so.

In June, we also had our first ever “Taco night" that was enjoyed by all, and is requested again! On Fourth of July weekend, we took a group to Fort Jacque, which was a four-hour drive from EGO, plus visited God’s Littlest Angels in the area.                                            
Thanks for all your prayers and support,
Ken and Marla

From the editor “caretaker” on the home front!--  

     As improvements and changes happen at the mission, there are also many such changes that happen here at home.  EGO is progressing into the “technical” age with a Facebook page, as well as an ever-improving website designed with you in mind!  The website also includes a donation tab that allows you to send funds electronically, either from bank account or credit card. And for those of you who sponsor children, you can set it up as “recurring” for your convenience!  While many of you are receiving this newsletter in paper form or email, on a rather infrequent basis, please know that you can visit the website at any time,, or “like” us on Facebook, at Ebenezer Glenn Orphanage, to see many more pictures of the ongoing events at EGO! 
     It is so amazing to watch God work!  Many hands have joined in, and work team after work team has blessed us!  Our numbers of prayer and financial supporters has grown which has allowed us to extend our ministry.  That also means the needs have grown exponentially. 
     We are all “soldiers” together in the spiritual warfare for the souls of the children and people of Haiti.  We see God working in wonderful ways, and it is our calling as well as our privilege to give Him our hands, feet and abilities in this ministry.  Marching forward together as “soldiers of the cross”, we look to Him for the victory! 


Friday, June 26, 2015

Update from Ken & Marla Drowley ---June 2015

We went to Michigan for a month, and were able to attend a wedding, our son's high school graduation, and take Dahicha in for surgery! First, we want to say "THANK YOU" to God for answers to prayer. Second, "Thank You" to Dr. Afman for his tenacity in getting all of this coordinated and organized so quickly; and for helping Dahicha to breathe better. Third, "Thank You" to the staff at Helen DeVoss Children's Hospital for their generosity in helping us out and for making Dahicha's surgery and post-op experience such a good one. And last to all of those who lifted Dahicha up in prayer - thank you for your faithfulness and intercession.